Ave maris stella (Guillaume Dufay)

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  • (Posted 2010-08-18)  CPDL #22130:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Byrt Janssen (submitted 2010-08-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: There are various versions of Dufay's "Ave Maris Stella", two of which are quite similar. Both versions have plain chant in the odd verses and three voices in the even verses, with identical cantus and bass melodies. The difference between the two versions is the third voice, which in one case is the altus performing a fauxbourdon on the cantus, while in the other version the tenor is singing an independent melody. Here both versions are presented in the same edition, with SAB in verses 2 and 6 and STB in verses 4 and 7. In this way the piece can be sung by a vocal quartet, even though there are never more than three persons singing at the same time.

General Information

Title: Ave Maris Stella
Composer: Guillaume Dufay

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB, and STB
Genre: SacredOffice hymn

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1937 in Das Chorwerk, no. 49.15

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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ave maris stella.